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White Sox Take on Oakland in Wild Card Matchup

After a rocky end to the season in which the Chicago White Sox dropped 8 of their last 10, the Sox travel to Oakland to take on the A’s in the Wild Card Round of the Postseason. The Sox went from holding on to first in the AL Central and the American League, to the 7th seed. 

 

After questionable bullpen calls late in the season, the Sox still managed to make the Postseason as the 2nd place team in the AL Central. While standings show it was a close race to the end, the Sox were heavily outperformed by the Reds, Indians, and Cubs. The Sox still have a highly explosive offense, led by MVP candidate Jose Abreu, that should make this a close series.

 

The key for the Sox in this series will be patience in batting, the Sox, while having a hard hitting offense, also are among the major’s highest in strikeout rate. With key young players like Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert known for chasing pitches, patience will be of utmost importance. 

 

With the Wild Card Round a best of 3 series, the Sox will be with Giolito and Keuchel as their aces leading the way in pitching, however the Sox need to make better decisions on relying on the bullpen.

 

The Sox take on the A’s beginning Tuesday September 29 for Game 1. Game 2 follows on Wednesday, September 30. And Game 3, if necessary, will be Thursday October 1.

 

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